Any mature believer that has walked with God through multiple seasons of life knows that the Bible is our roadmap for life and faith. It changes how we think about life and guides how we respond to hard times and attacks from the enemy. Before we become a believer, we lack godly direction without the words of scripture guiding our beliefs and choices.
In short, we need to be in the Bible if we want to know God and grow closer to Him. God communicates with us most clearly through His Words. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
The more we read the Bible the more it becomes alive and reveals God’s heart to us. How many times have you read scripture and then shortly after that a life situation arouse that was directly related to what you had read? It seems the more we are in the Word, the more this happens.
Although scripture has much to say on all areas of life, the one message that keeps coming back to the forefront is that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. The recognition of this message makes us focus on our own need for a Savior and prepares us for how we can share that message with others.
As we spend time in the Bible, we store up wisdom, lessons, and insight for the moments when God opens doors to gospel conversations. If we are not in God’s Word regularly, those moments come less frequently, and we may even miss opportunities. The simple truth is we are always more passionate about something we are doing, and believe in, than something we know is good for us, but we are not following through on.
Many times, we share Jesus with those that have no idea about God’s Word. We must be in it if we are going to help others know its purpose and power. Quite simply, the more we are in the Bible, the more powerful our testimony and messages will be for those that do not know, trust, or follow Jesus.